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Risk Issues in Dermatology: Diagnosing Melanoma (1 credit Monograph)

Hours: 1.00

Target Audience: Dermatologists. Other interested healthcare providers are also welcome to participate.

Original Release Date: October 28, 2013
Review Date: May 31, 2017
Expiration Date: May 31, 2020

Description: The National Cancer Institute estimates more than 76,000 new cases and 9,480 deaths due to melanoma in 2013.  Public awareness of melanoma and diagnostic scrutiny has increased, and overdiagnosis has been described in the literature. New treatments promise to improve survival rates. But delayed or missed diagnosis of melanoma is still a life-threatening risk to the patient and the most common liability risk to the dermatologist. Data from medical malpractice claims, several review articles, and a clinical practice guideline suggest strategies for reducing this risk and improving diagnosis of melanoma.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to
1. Describe several types of errors implicated in the delayed diagnosis of melanoma and strategies for reducing them.
2. State the essential, recommended and optional data to provide to the pathologist with a biopsy specimen, according to the AAD melanoma guideline.
3. State recommended procedures for handling patient refusal of recommended treatment.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 4 out of 5 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit. CME Information - Read

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, read the entire monograph online, download to a printer and read, or download and save to your computer. Complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0


MOC Approved: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") and Association of American Colleges' ("AAMC") joint initiative to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities, ' . $this->title . ' has met the MOC requirements as a Part II activity by the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • American Board of Family Medicine



State Requirements: Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:
Florida -  This activity includes content in Preventing Medical Errors
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety
Texas - This activity includes content in Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility

Disclosure Policy - Read

Disclosure: Dr. Art Papier discloses that he is the CEO and founder of Logical Images, VisualDx. Dr. William Coleman discloses that he is a consultant for Miramar, Merz, Allergan, Anterios, Ultrashape and Syneron; he is a shareholder in Miramar and Anterios; he is an investigator and consultant for cosmetic devices for these entities. The medical writers and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

About the Authors - Read Bios

Medical Writers: Sara N. Fischer, PhD and Ruth Ryan, RN, BSN, MSW, CPHRM 
Expert Reviewers: William P. Coleman III, MD and Art Papier, MD

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Manager of Risk Management

Editor: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

Content Advisors/Planning Committee Members - Read

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Web Master Contact Information: For assistance, contact Shea Ivey at 866/398-1038 or help@medicalinteractive.com

Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education.  It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care.  Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient.  The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2013

Bibliography: To view and download a Bibliography for this presentation, please select the References button below.

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